Households in Maidstone will shortly receive a letter asking them to take part in the Census this March. The survey takes place once-a-decade provides a detailed snapshot of the total population and how we live.
The 2021 Census will be accessible online. Each household will receive a unique access code, allowing completion on computers, phones or tablets. (A paper questionnaire can be requested if preferred.)
Derek Mortimer: MBC Chair of Communities, Housing and Environment Committee said:
“The Census really does help us as a Council understand the way our residents are living. It will provide us with the necessary information of how we can help support our communities by providing infrastructure and services they need moving forward.”
The 2021 Census will include questions about sex, age, work, health, education, household size and ethnicity. For the first time, there will be a question asking about service in the armed forces, as well as voluntary questions for those over 16yrs about sexual orientation and gender identity.
Iain Bell, Deputy National Statistician at the Office for National Statistics added:
“A successful census will ensure everyone from local government to charities can put services and funding in the places where they are most needed. This could mean things like doctors’ surgeries, schools and new transport routes. That’s why it is so important everyone takes part and we have made it easier for people to do so online on any device, with help and paper questionnaires for those that need them.”
The Office for National Statistics is assuring all that personal records and details are protected by law and locked away for 100 years and kept safe for future generations.
Initial results of the Census will be available in Spring 2022.
For more information, please go to the government website: Census.gov.uk